The Yonkers AARP Chapter 5427 embarked on an educational and enriching field trip on October 13th as they paid a visit to the Sarah Lawrence Center for the Urban River at the Beczak Environmental Education Center.
The visit commenced with an engaging presentation by Director Ryan Palmer. He delved into the center’s research and conservation efforts related to the Hudson River. Members of the AARP chapter learned about the importance of preserving the river’s ecology and the research initiatives aimed at achieving that goal.
Following the presentation, the group had the privilege of exploring the center’s facilities. The tour included visits to the state-of-the-art lab and a well-appointed conference room-showcasing various marine specimens. The highlight for many was the opportunity to interact with live marine animals, bringing science and conservation efforts to life.
Connecting with nature
The group then ventured outside to explore the grounds, which received praise for their cleanliness and welcoming ambiance. The Yonkers residents admired the availability of benches and picnic tables, making it a perfect spot for relaxation and appreciation of the serene surroundings.
During the outdoor tour, the AARP Chapter 5427 learned about the center’s kayak lessons. These lessons offer a unique opportunity for Yonkers residents to connect with the river firsthand. The group was also informed about the beach area and the process of collecting samples from the Hudson River. These samples aid in the vital research carried out at the center.
Following the tour, the group wrapped up their day with a delightful lunch at Plaza Garibaldi on Nepperhan Avenue, where they continued to share their experiences and newfound knowledge.
In the spirit of community, the Yonkers AARP Chapter 5427 invites the community to join them at their upcoming meeting. The group meets next on November 14th at 2:15 pm, in the Grinton Will library.